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$5.7M funding boost for biomedical devices

Winnipeg, MB – The federal government is providing $5.7 million in funding over three years in Winnipeg’s biomedical technology cluster at the National Research Council (NRC) Institute for Biodiagnostics.

Private, public and academia partners have been collaborating in Winnipeg’s biomedical technologies sector to develop noninvasive medical diagnostics.

Winnipeg’s biomedical technologies initiative is one of six NRC technology cluster initiatives that have received renewed funding of $118 million over three years. Others include: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies in Vancouver; Nanotechnology in Edmonton; Plants for Health and Wellness in Saskatoon; Photonics in Ottawa and Aluminium Transformation in the Saguenay-Lac St. Jean region.

“By stimulating Winnipeg’s biomedical technology industry, NRC has taken a regional approach to resolving significant national issues, resulting in high quality jobs, improved productivity and an enhanced quality of life – benefits for all Canadians,” said Dr Roman Szumski, NRC vice-president, life sciences. “This $5.7 million investment will enhance existing networks and create new linkages in Winnipeg, particularly between hospitals and biomedical firms, to create opportunities for new companies.”